Fr. Mark is on pilgrimage with Bishop Gruss this week at
Fatima and Lourdes. Please keep them in
your prayers, that they travel safely and experience many graces. In his absence, he has asked me to share some
results from the Hospitality survey we conducted in December and January. Below are some highlights:
In addition, 72% of respondents reported that their parish
has a Stewardship committee and over half were aware of a parish mission
statement about stewardship. For me, the
most encouraging thing to see is that 81% of our respondents see and increased
level of welcome and hospitality in our parishes! Keep up the good work!
I was struck by this news blurb in the parish bulletin last
“ICC News: 6 PM every Saturday
What is this about you ask?
In response to our hospitality
survey you took in June 2014, and after reviewing some of the comments, the ICC
parish council decided to change Saturday night mass time to 6 PM year round.
You will no longer need to remember when the Mass time changes in the spring
and in the fall. The Saturday Mass time will always be 6 PM.”
One aspect of our diocesan stewardship initiative is to
encourage parishes to do surveys as a way to discover what is going on in the
life of the parish community, to evoke discussions, to base parish decisions
and priorities on objective information and to compare and contrast the
So far the diocese has conducted two surveys on hospitality. For more
information on the two surveys please see the diocesan stewardship webpage.
Even though surveying takes time and energy. In the end,
surveying can be a great tool to help your parish communities to grow into
vibrant communities of faith.
In speaking with Fr. Andrzej Wyrostek he was surprised and encouraged how their hospitality survey allowed the parishioners to give their input, which in the end helped the pastoral council to make a judgment about what time Mass should be on Saturday evenings at Immaculate Conception parish in Winner. T